The YMCA is committed to serving the newcomer/immigrant population of New York City. Our New Americans Welcome Center supports newcomers and immigrants in reaching their goals of employment, education, civic engagement, naturalization, cultural competence and upward mobility in the communities they live.


At the Y, we exist to strengthen community. Our FREE adult education classes and community resource referrals will help you realize your potential and develop the confidence to dream of a brighter tomorrow. Create a meaningful change, for yourself and for the future! Our trained staff and volunteers are here for you. Meet with us today and we will help you build a plan to achieve your goals.

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Visit us on January 8th or 9th to register for winter classes.

English, Citizenship and Basic Computer Class Schedule

Winter Classes Start January 14, 2019

Register at the Harlem YMCA on Monday, January 7 or Tuesday, January 8 at 10 AM or 5:30 PM. Bring photo I.D. to register. Permanent Resident Card (Green Card) needed to register for citizenship class.

Daytime Classes

ESOL Literacy
Monday-Thursday
10 AM-1 PM

Beginning ESOL Civics
Tuesdays & Thursdays
10 AM-1 PM

Intermediate ESOL Civics/Citizenship Preparation
Mondays & Wednesdays
10 AM-1 PM

Job Readiness ESOL
Monday-Thursday
10 AM-1 PM

Adult Basic Education
Monday-Thursday
10 AM-1 PM

Evening Classes

ESOL/Computer Literacy
Monday-Thursday
6-9 PM 

ESOL Civics
Mondays & Wednesdays
6-9 PM 

Job Readiness ESOL
Monday-Thursday
6-9 PM 

High School Equivalency
Monday-Thursday
6-9 PM

For more information, please call Jim Anderson, Program Director at 212-912-2163.

New York City’s YMCA is here for all. Our New Americans Initiative is a safe haven for immigrants looking for support and services. We never turn anyone away—or inquire about immigration status.

Adult Basic Education (ABE) and High School Equivalency (HSE, TASC Preparation)

Winter classes start January 14, 2019

Register & Test
Date: 
Monday, January 8, or Tuesday, January 9
Time: 10 AM or 5:30 PM 
Location: Harlem YMCA, 180 West 135th Street, New York, NY
Phone: 212-912-2163

Placement testing and registration may take up to four hours. Please be prompt and bring a photo I.D.

ABE/HSE Class Schedule
Daytime Classes: Monday-Thursday, 10 AM-1 PM 
Evening Classes: Monday-Thursday, 6-9 PM

For more information, please call Jim Anderson, Program Director at 212-912-2163.

Clases de inglés y ciudadania gratis

Clases comienzan 15 de enero

Horario de Inscripción: Lunes, 8 de enero o Martes, 9 de enero 10:00 o 17:30

Traiga foto identificación Traiga tarjeta de residencia permanente (“Green card”) para la clase de ciudadania.

Harlem YMCA, 180 West 135th Street, New York, NY
212-912-2163

Clases de la mañana

ESOL Lectoescritura
Lunes a Jueves de 10:00-13:00 

ESOL Civics 1
Martes y Jueves 10:00-13:00 

ESOL Civics 2/Preparación para la Ciudadanía
Lunes y Miércoles 10:00 – 13:00 

Clases nocturnas

ESOL lectoescritura/Computadora
Lunes a Jueves de 18:00-21:00 

ESOL Civics
Lunes y Miércoles de 18:00-21:00

Grupos de Conversación, Escritura, y Lectura
Martes y Jueves de 18:30-20:30 

For more information, please call Jim Anderson, Program Director at 212-912-2163.

Classes d'anglais et citoyenneté gratuite

Classes commencent 15 janvier

Heures d’Inscription: lundi, 7 janvier ou mardi, 8 janvier 10h00 ou 17h30

Apportez une photo d’identification et apportez votre carte de résidence (« Green Card ») pour la classe de citoyenneté.

Harlem YMCA, 180 West 135th Street, New York, NY
212-912-2163

Cours du matin

ESOL Alphabétisation
Lundi, Mardi, Mercredi, et Jeudi
10h00-13h00

ESOL Civics 1
Mardi et Jeudi
10h00-13h00 

ESOL Civics 2/Préparation de Citoyenneté
Lundi et Mercredi
10h00-13h00 

Cours du soir

ESOL Alphabétisation/Classes d’informatique
Lundi, Mardi, Mercredi, et Jeudi
18h00-21h00 

ESOL Civics
Lundi et Mercredi
18h00-21h00

Conversation en groupes
Mardi et Jeudi
18h30-20h30 

For more information, please call Jim Anderson, Program Director at 212-912-2163.

Open-Level Language Skills Class

Grupos de Conversación, Escritura, y Lectura en inglés
Lunes, Martes, y Miercoles 18:30 a 20:30
Participación sin inscripción

Groupes de conversation , l'écriture, et de lecture en anglais
Lundi, Mardi, et Mercredi18:30-20:30pm
Participation sans inscription

Conversation, Writing, and Reading Workshops in English
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 6:30-8:30 PM
No registration necessary!

For more information, please call Jim Anderson, Program Director at 212-912-2163.

Free English & Healthcare Training

Are you interested in a career in healthcare? The Harlem New Americans Welcome Center offers free English and healthcare training! Classes start January 14, 2019.

Our 22 week program includes:

  • Preparing for work in the USA
  • Job readiness training
  • Training for a healthcare career
  • Learning US Civics and practicing for citizenship exam
  • Improving English language skills

Participants also receive:

  • 1 on 1 coaching and case management
  • Resume writing and interviewing tips
  • Networking with professionals in the field
  • Job search/placement support

Intake and enrollment walk-in hours:

  • Tuesdays, 1-4 PM
  • Wednesdays, 1-4 PM
  • Thursdays, 1-4 PM

For more information, please call Jim Anderson, Program Director at 212-912-2163.

New York City’s YMCA is here for all. Our New Americans Initiative is a safe haven for immigrants looking for support and services. We never turn anyone away—or inquire about immigration status.

Read our Fall 2018 Newsletter (PDF)

Contact Us

Jim Anderson
Program Director
212-912-2165
jaanderson@ymcanyc.org

Gaelle Beck
Program Coordinator
212-912-2163
gbeck@ymcanyc.org

Languages spoken: English, French, Spanish, Arabic

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